White House Gets FTC to Heel

The Federal Trade Commission is looking for ways to relax its enforcement of antitrust actions against healthcare providers in order to facilitate the formation of so-called accountable care organizations. But what took so long? The healthcare industry, already hidebound by regulation, is facing drastic changes—from structures of care to reimbursement—time is of the essence.

2 comments on "White House Gets FTC to Heel"
bob (10/11/2010 at 10:53 AM)

The simple solution is to pass legislation exempting the not-for-profits from per se anti-trust violations. Possibly, the administration is able to do that without legislation? That could make a real difference. There should be no legal restrictions on collaboration purely in the public interest.
Patrick Plemmons (10/8/2010 at 11:10 PM)

"The admirable goals of healthcare reform". Really? Do you really think the "White House" is bringing the FTC to heel? The goals of this White House with regard to "healthcare reform" are to undermine the private market for healthcare to the extent that a single payer, government run system is inevitable. Every day brings new evidence of this to anyone who cares to look and think. It is touching that you ascribe such noble motives to the "White House" but unless this awful piece of legislation is rolled back, the hospital industry in this country is going to be a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Federal government and will not have to worry about accountable care organizations or anything else other than taking orders. Let's see what November 2 brings. It can't come soon enough.


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